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What are some common motorcycle hand signals?

As a motorcyclist in Conroe, you know that the task of sharing the road with motorists is often easier said than done. Motorists most likely do not want to hit you; they may just not be paying as close of attention to what you might be doing on your bike. While that might certainly help you should you become involved in a liability case following an accident, most would agree that it is best to avoid an accident in the first place. 

How can you do this? Hand signals can go a long way in communicating with motorists on the road. Yes, your bike likely has turn signal indicators installed (Texas also has no law requiring that you use hand signals), yet when it comes to your personal safety, a little extra effort is always worth it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come up with a few simple hand signals to help indicate your movements to other drivers (such signals may apply to both motorcyclists and cyclists). These include: 

  • Extending your left arm out straight to indicate a left turn
  • Extending your left arm out, with your elbow bent upward at a 90-degree angle and your palm facing forward to indicate a right turn
  • Extending your left arm out, with your elbow bent downward at a 90-degree angle and your palm facing backwards to indicate an intention to slow or stop

There are also signals you can use to communicate with fellow motorcyclists when riding in a group. These include extending your left arm out (while raising and lowering it) to signal for the group to slow down, swinging upward to signal to speed up, or pointing with your left hand and right foot to indicate an upcoming hazard in the road. 

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